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Kavitha L. Ranganathan

Kavitha L. Ranganathan, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Kavitha L. Ranganathan, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon who serves as the co-director of the cleft and craniofacial team at Shriners Children’s Boston. She is also the director of craniofacial reconstruction at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition to specializing in craniofacial surgery, she practices general reconstructive plastic surgery. Her clinical interests include reconstructive surgery for congenital anomalies, trauma and burn wounds.

Dr. Ranganathan is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and did her residency at the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed post-doctoral training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan, as well as a craniofacial fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ranganathan is an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Ranganathan is passionate about craniofacial reconstruction. Her research has focused on increasing access to care where medical resources are limited, as well as for those suffering catastrophic expenditures due to an injury or diagnosis.

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More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery - General
Education and Training

Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

University of Michigan Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Academic Positions and Locations

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2022-Present: Co-Director, Shriners Children's Boston Cleft and Craniofacial team
  • 2020-Present: Director, Craniofacial Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • 2017-Present: Member, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
  • 2020-Present: Member, American College of Surgeons
  • 2020-Present: Member, Association of Academic Surgeons
Editorial Positions
  • 2020-Present: Editorial Board Member, PLOS Global Health
  • 2019-2021: Associate Editor, Plastic Surgery Network Resident Magazine
  • 2017-2019: Associate Resident Editor, Plastic Surgery Network Resident Magazine
Awards and Honors
  • 2022: Robert Ebert Prize for Health Care Delivery Research or Service
  • 2021: Best Poster Award at Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2019: Moses Gunn James W. Crudup Award, University of Michigan Medicine
  • 2019: Best Presentation Award, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • 2017: Young Investigator Award, University of Michigan, Department of Surgery
  • 2016: Young Investigator Award, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
Providers Academic Works And Presentations Accordion Title
  • Lecture: International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses, Craniofacial Trauma Reconstruction in Young Adults (2021)
  • Lecture: American Cleft Palate Association Preconference Symposium, Socioeconomic Predictors of Outcomes Among Children with Clefts (2020)
  • Lecture: Program for Global Surgery and Social Change, Boston Children's Hospital; Defining the Burden of Surgical Expenditures Due to Trauma: Unintended Costs and Consequences (2021)
  • Lecture: Johns Hopkins Medical School; Cleft Care (2019)
  • Lecture: Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and Detroit Medical Center; Scar Management and Postoperative Care/Burn Survivor and Family Workshop (2016)


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